Brie Larson to Star in, Executive Produce “Lessons in Chemistry”
On Friday, January 22nd, 2021, it was announced that Captain Marvel star Brie Larson will be starring in and executive producing Lessons in Chemistry, a drama series for Apple TV. Joining Larson behind the camera, The Outsider star Jason Bateman will also executive produce the series alongside Michael Costigan of Aggregate Films.
The new drama series, Lessons in Chemistry is penned by Susannah Grant, the co-creator of Unbelievable and Erin Brockovich, and is based on an upcoming novel by Bonnie Garmus. The series is arriving on small screens in Spring 2022.
Brie Larson at Apple TV
Lessons in Chemistry is the second Apple TV project to which Larson is attached as both star and executive producer.
Larson’s first Apple TV project is a still untitled series about women in the CIA from Media Res Studio and 51 Entertainment.
The series is based on the memoir Life Undercover: Coming of Age in the CIA by Amaryrillis Fox. The CIA-centered show received a straight-to-series order in March 2020. However, it’s production and release schedule was pushed back due to COVID-19-related delays, along with Larson’s obligations on the set of Captain Marvel 2.
What’s “Lessons in Chemistry”?
According to Variety, Lessons in Chemistry is set in the 1960s and focuses on the story of Elizabeth Zott, played by Larson. Zott dreams of being a scientist, but due to gendered societal expectations, she has a hard time fulfilling her dream, and is soon fired from her job at a lab.
However, Elizabeth is determined to achieve her goals despite the glass ceiling. Elizabeth eventually accepts a position as a television chef. She uses her newfound position as a “celebrity chef” to teach her audience about science through cooking (baking is nothing more than tasty, tasty chemistry, after all).
Larson’s Chemistry with Lessons in Chemistry
In 2016, the incredibly talented Larson was awarded an Oscar for Best Lead Actress for her performance in the movie Room. And for Larson, Lessons in Chemistry isn’t the first time she stepped behind the camera, either: she directed, starred in, and produced The Unicorn Store, which also included her Captain Marvel co-star Samuel L. Jackson among the cast.
Which one of Larson’s upcoming projects are you most anticipating (besides Captain Marvel 2, of course)?